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The complete list of modern 2-in-1 laptops to consider in 2017

By Andrei Girbea , updated on February 11, 2017

My list of recommended 2-in-1 ultraportables has been one of the most popular posts on the site in the last years, but while performing one of the usual updates the other day, I realized there are now so many good or at least half-decent convertible laptops available in stores, that it’s impossible to include them all in that kind of post.

As a result, I’ve decided to put up together this new list of all the modern 2-in-1s you can find these days, but without getting so much in depth on each unit, like in the other article, where I pretty much treat each recommendation individually and share with you its strong and weak aspects. In other words, this is a comprehensive list of recent hybrids and convertibles launched in the last two years, with a few important characteristics and their starting price points, enough to get you started in your own research for the perfect 2-in-1. Of course, you’ll find our in depth reviews on each model by clicking on the links on their names, as well as the latest deals on each device by clicking on the prices.

If you don’t want to conduct the research yourself and trust my advice and experience, then this post is probably not for you and you will find the article on recommended 2-in-1 laptops more useful and easier to digest.

Now, since the offer is vast, we’ll split the available convertibles based on screen sizes, starting with the smallest units and all the way up to full-size machines with 15-inch displays. As a base rule, every device in here offers some sort of touchscreen and a convertible form factor, thus can be used as either a tablet or a laptop. Some also include digitizer and Active Pen support, which makes them solid options for inking, drawing and taking notes, as you’ll see below.

Sub 13-inch 2-in-1s

ModelTypeScreenHardwareBatteryWeightPrice(*)
Acer Aspire Switch 12Sdetachable12.5″ IPS FHD or UHDup to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 5151.40 kg / 3.1 lbs$1199
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200convertible11.6″ TN HDup to Intel Celeron38Wh1.17 kg / 2.6 lbs$349
Asus Transformer 3tablet + folio12.6″ IPS w/ digitizerup to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 6150.70 kg / 1.55 lbs$749
Asus Transformer 3 Protablet + folio12.6″ IPS w/ digitizerup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 5200.80 kg / 1.75 lbs$999
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 (3168)convertible11.6″ TN HDup to Core m3 w/ Intel HD 52032 Wh1.40 kg / 3.1 lbs$249
Dell Latitude 11 5000tablet + folio10.8″ IPS FHD w/ digitizerup to Core m5 w/ Intel HD 51535 Wh0.77 kg / 1.71 lbs$749
Dell Latitude 12 7000detachable12.5″ IPS FHD or UHD w/ digitizerup to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 51530 Wh1.40 kg / 3.1 lbs$1049
Dell XPS 12 9250detachable12.5″ IPS FHD/UHDup to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 51530 Wh1.27 kg / 2.8 lbs$999
HP Pavilion x360 11.6convertible11.6″ IPS HDup to Intel Pentium32Wh1.45 kg / 3.2 lbs$279
HP Elite x2 12detachable12″ IPS FHD w/ digitizerup to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 51540 Wh1.22 kg / 2.68 lbs$899
HP Spectre x2 12detachable12″ IPS FHD w/ digitizerup to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 51540 Wh1.22 kg / 2.68 lbs$699
Lenovo Flex 3 (Yoga 300) 11convertible11.6″ TN HDup to Intel Celeron30 Wh1.36 kg / 3.0 lbs$329
Lenovo Miix 700tablet + folio12″ FHD+up to Core M7 w/ Intel HD 51540 Wh0.77 kg / 1.7 lbs$749
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260convertible12.5″ HD or FHD w/ digitizerup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52044 Wh1.3 kg / 2.9 lbs$949
Lenovo Yoga 700 11.6convertible11.6″ IPS FHDup to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 51545 Wh1.08 kg / 2.4 lbs$599
Lenovo Yoga 900Sconvertible12.5″ IPS FHD or QHDup to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 51512 h0.99 kg / 2.2 lbs$1099
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablettablet + folio12.0″ IPS FHD or QHD w/ digitizerup to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 5151.1 kg / 2.42 lbs$899
Microsoft Surface Pro 4tablet + folio12.3″ IPS w/ digitizerup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52039 Wh0.77 kg / 1.69 lbs$899
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro Stablet + folio12.1″ IPS w/ digitizerup to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 51539.5 Wh0.69 kg / 1.53 lbs$999
Toshiba Portégé Z20tdetachable12.5″ IPS touch FHDUp to Core m5 w/ Intel HD 51536 + 36 Wh1.49 kg / 3.3 lbs (w/ dock)$999
Toshiba Satellite Radius 12convertible12″ IPS UHDup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52043 Wh1.3 kg / 2.9 lbs$999

Next you’ll find the highly popular 13-inch convertibles.

13 to 13.9 inch convertibles

ModelTypeScreenHardwareBatteryWeightPrice(*)
Acer Aspire R13 (R7-372T)convertible13.3″ IPS QHDup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52048Wh1.55 kg / 3.5 lbs$899
Asus Vivobook Book Flip TP300UA / TP301UAconvertible13.3″ IPS FHDup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52038Wh1.73 kg / 3.8 lbs$799
Asus Vivobook Flip TP301UJconvertible13.3″ IPS FHDup to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 920M55Wh1.5 kg / 3.5 lbs$899
Asus Zenbook Flip UX360CAconvertible13.3″ IPS FHD or QHD+up to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 51554Wh1.3 kg / 2.86 lbs$699
Asus Zenbook Flip UX360UAconvertible13.3″ IPS FHD or QHD+up to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52057Wh1.2 kg / 2.65 lbs$999
Dell Latitude 13 7000detachable13.3″ IPS FHD w/ digitizerup to Core m7 w/ Intel HD 51530 + 20 Wh1.67 kg / 3.7 lbs$799
Dell Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 (5368)convertible13.3″ IPS FHDup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52042Wh1.62 kg / 3.56 lbs$449
Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (7368)convertible13.3″ IPS FHDup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52042Wh1.75 kg / 3.86 lbs$649
HP Pavilion 13 x360convertible13.3″ IPS FHDup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52044Wh1.71 kg / 3.77 lbs$469
HP Spectre x360 13convertible13.3″ IPS FHD or QHD w/ digitizerup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52055Wh1.48 kg / 3.26 lbs$899
HP Envy 13clamshell13.3″ IPS FHDup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52045Wh1.37 kg / 3.00 lbs$849
Lenovo Lavie Z 360convertible13.3″ IPS touch FHD/QHDCore i5 and i7 w/ Intel HD 550038Wh0.92 kg / 2.04 lbs$1199
Lenovo Yoga 900convertible13.3″ IPS QHD+Core i5 or i7 w/ Intel HD 52066Wh1.27 kg / 2.8 lbs$1099
Microsoft Surface Bookdetachable13.5″ w/ digitizerup to Core i7 w/ Nvidia graphics70 Wh1.57 kg / 3.48 lbs$1499
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Spinconvertible13.3″ IPS QHD+up to Core i7 HQ w/ Intel HD 52039 Wh1.30 kg / 2.87 lbs$1299

For slightly beefier specs and a larger screen in still a fairly compact package, check out the available 14-inchers.

14 to 14.9-inch convertibles

ModelTypeScreenHardwareBatteryWeightPrice(*)
Acer Aspire R14 (R5-471T)convertible14.0″ IPS touch HDup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52048Wh1.9 kg / 4.2 lbs$799
Lenovo Flex 3 (Yoga 500) 14convertible14.0″ IPS FHDup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52045Wh1.95 kg / 4.3 lbs$599
Lenovo Yoga 700 14convertible14.0″ IPS FHDup to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 940M45 Wh1.63 kg / 3.6 lbs$799
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 460convertible14.0″ FHD or QHDup to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 940M53 Wh1.8 kg / 3.9 lbs$1049
Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yogaconvertible14.0″ FHD w/ digitizerup to Core i7 w/ Nvidia Quadro M500M53 Wh1.83 kg / 4.0 lbs
Lenovo X1 Yogaclamshell14.0″ IPS FHD or QHD w/ digitizerup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52052 Wh1.34 kg / 3.0 lbs$1399

And if you need a larger screen or dedicated graphics, and you’re willing to sacrifice portability, the 15 inch convertibles in this category are the ones for you.

15-inch (and bigger) 2-in-1 laptops

ModelTypeScreenHardwareBatteryWeightPrice(*)
Acer Aspire R7-572convertible15.6″ IPS FHD w/ digitizerCore i7 w/ Intel HD 440053Wh2.4 kg / 5.3 lbs$799
Asus Transformer Book Flip Q503UAconvertible15.6″ IPS FHDCore i7 w/ Intel HD 52048Wh2.07 kg / 4.6 lbs$7999
Asus Transformer Book Flip Q553UBconvertible15.6″ IPS FHDCore i7 w/ Nvidia 940M48Wh2.31 kg / 5.1 lbs$7999
Asus Zenbook Flip UX560UAconvertible15.6″ IPS FHDCore i7 w/ Intel HD 52050Wh2.2 kg / 4.85 lbs
Asus Zenbook Flip UX560UQconvertible15.6″ IPS FHD or QHDuCore i7 w/ Nvidia 940MX52Wh2.2 kg / 4.85 lbs
Asus Zenbook Flip UX560UXconvertible15.6″ IPS FHD or QHDCore i7 w/ Nvidia 950M52Wh2.2 kg / 4.85 lbs
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 2-in-1 (5568)convertible15.6″ IPS FHDup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52042Wh2.3 kg / 5.07 lbs$449
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 (7569)convertible15.6″ IPS FHDup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52042Wh2.18 kg / 4.82 lbs$649
Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 (7778)convertible17.3″ IPS FHDup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52056Wh2.77 kg / 6.12 lbs$899
HP Envy x360 15convertible15.6″ IPS FHDup to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 930M48Wh2.15 kg / 4.96 lbs$679
HP Spectre x360 15convertible15.6″ IPS FHD or OLED UHD w/ digitizerup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52064Wh1.83 kg / 4.03 lbs$1149
Lenovo Edge 2 15convertible15.6″ IPS FHDup to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 940M45Wh2.31 kg / 5.1 lbs$729
Lenovo Flex 3 (Yoga 500) 15convertible15.6″ TN HD or FHDup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52045Wh2.31 kg / 5.1 lbs$749
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15convertible15.6″ IPS FHDup to Core i7 w/ Nvidia 840M68Wh2.31 kg / 5.1 lbs$899
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15.6convertible15.6″ IPS FHD or UHDup to Core i7 w/ Intel HD 52045Wh2.26 kg / 5.0 lbs$699

Here’s a short glossary of the terms mentioned above:

  • Types:
    • convertible: 2-in-1 laptop whose screen rotates and converts to a tablet mode (or similar), but cannot be detached from the base;
    • detachable: 2-in-1 laptop whose screen detaches from the base. These are mostly stand-alone tablets bundled with matching docking stations that most often include docking keyboards, ports, batteries and other features;
    • tablet + folio: 2-in-1 tablet with a compatible Keyboard Folio or Keyboard Dock.
  • Resolutions: HD ( 1366 x 768 px), WXGA+ (1440 x 900 px), HD+ (1600 x 900 px), FHD (1920 x 1080 px), FHD+ (2160 x 1440 px), retina (2304 x 1440 px), QHD (2560 x 1440 px), WQXGA (2560 x 1600 px), QHD+ (3200 x 1800 px), UHD (3840 x 2160 px) – also see this post;

OK, so these are the modern 2-in-1s ultraportables you should consider at the time of this post. We’ve mostly included Skylake versions in here, with a few exceptions of solid Broadwell models that were not updated to the most recent hardware platform, but most of the devices listed above are also available with either Broadwell or even Haswell hardware, which could be options for those of you on limited budgets.

Keep in mind that each unit has its pros and cons, so you should narrow down your options to only a handful of models and then make sure to read reviews and user opinions to know exactly what to expect, or get in touch in the comments section if you need help. And don’t forget, my list of recommended 2-in-1 laptops is available over here, where we get in depth on the best options from the list above.

Andrei Girbea, aka Mike, Editor-in-Chief and a huge fan of mobile computers. Since 2007, I've only owned smaller than 12.5" laptops and I've been testing tens, if not hundreds of mini laptops. You'll find mostly reviews and guides written by me here on the site.